The Glass House Blog

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Shop the Glass House Bookstore for specially selected
art and design titles, including:

 The Philip Johnson Tapes includes transcripts of interviews and conversations with Robert A.M. Stern, each covering a decade of Johnson’s life and trends of architecture and history during the twentieth-century.

The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located on the Glass House site and features an introduction by Robert A. M. Stern.

Empire of Space is composed of Todd Eberle’s photographs taken over the course of thirty years and is the definitive publication of the photographer’s work.

The new Glass House guide book, with forward by Paul Goldberger, presents an exclusive tour of the Glass House, its grounds, and collections.

More titles are available online and at the Glass House Design Store in New Canaan!

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Living in the Glass House

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Dear Friends,

It has been an incredibly fast-paced year for the Philip Johnson Glass House. We celebrated our Fifth Season by developing new ways of welcoming the public to our site in person, online, through educational programs and events, and at art and design fairs around the world.

We’ve collaborated with significant architects (Charles Renfro, Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Gregg Pasquarelli), artists (James Welling, Todd Eberle, David Salle) and writers (Paul Goldberger, Karen Stein, Philip Nobel), great chefs (Michele Richard, Brian Lewis, Bill Taibe, Lee Chizmar, Derek Wagner), as well as talented local high school students and their inspired teachers.

This year, more than ever, we need your support to help balance our budget. Our endowment covers only 40% of our operations, preservation and programs but we count on the generosity of our supporters to complete the picture.

Here’s why we hope you will  Donate Now!

New Tours

Focus: Concentrate on art, landscape and /or architecture -you decide!

Plein Air Afternoons: Unguided access for creative inspiration.
Pure Glass: Short, sweet and the lucid heart of the property

Cultural Experiences in Person
and Online

Private made Public: Salons hosted by cultural leaders are now available to all, either through an evening on site or connecting through an online film of each program.

Preservation and Conservation: The first site-specific work of Donald Judd, Untitled, 1971 was cleaned and conserved this season. Explore documentation of the it’s history, from archival images of the initial installation, to video of the conservation team at work and an online dialogue led by Flavin Judd.

Important Research: A seminal biography of David Whitney, Philip Johnson’s private but influential partner, is essential reading for understanding of the legacy of Johnson, Whitney and the Glass House.


Generations Together: This fall marks our fourth year working with the New Canaan High School students and their teachers. This year’s projects included landscape photography and oral history films featuring local notable architects John Black Lee, John Johansen, and Fred Noyes speaking about his father, Eliot Noyes. These projects bring generations together to explore the essential history of New Canaan and Modernism. All of the student-produced oral histories and many of their photographs 
can now be enjoyed on our website.

47 Acres and 14 Structures

Storms: Besides the investments we choose to make, because we believe in them and their importance, there are the investments we need to make. Hurricane Irene, seasonal flooding and heavy unexpected snowstorms hammered the Glass House just as it did our neighbors. Repairs and canceled tours due to power outages and clean-ups resulted in significant lost revenues that severely affected our bottom line.

To maintain our role as an important community asset and site of international significance, we need your support. Please help us balance the Glass House budget with a generous year-end donation.

We welcome your support at every level.  Donate Now!

We hope to see you at the Glass House soon and often, on a tour through November, or early next season.


Rena Zurofsky
Interim Executive Director

The Library of Philip JohnsonAs an additional thank you for your donation of $1,000 or more, we will send you a copy of the just published, limited edition Library of Philip Johnson. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located at the Glass House site and features an introduction by Architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.

Donors of $5,000 or more will also receive invitations to an exclusive event at The Glass House during the 2012 season.

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Glass House Conversations: Could you live in the Glass House?

Join in our online Glass House Conversation at!

This week’s question has occupied imaginations for more than half a century (The Glass House + Brick House were built in 1949) and continue to inspire many great debates, including a recent Huffington Post commentary.

In our latest Conversations in Context Film, and in the introduction to our new Glass House Book, Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger discusses Philip Johnson living in the Glass House, and the Glass House campus as example of the opportunities for experimentation that come with being one’s own client.

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New Film: Paul Goldberger hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House

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Glass House Conversation This Week: How is creative talent supported today?

Join us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation inspired by the recent Conversations in Context program at the Glass House with host Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker.

Warhol Whitney Archive “Though Johnson was not by any means our greatest architect, the serene beauty of the Glass House notwithstanding, he was in many ways the most important presence in American architecture for much of the second half of the twentieth century. It is no exaggeration to say that he, more than anyone else, shaped the architectural life of our time, as a curator, scholar, and public presence. His curious energetic, and mercurial mind possessed an almost unquenchable passion for architectural ideas, and when that was combined with his determination to have an impact on the broader culture, extraordinary things happened.”  – Paul Goldberger, excerpt from the introduction to The Glass House, 2011.

Philip Johnson and his partner David Whitney played a significant role in fostering the creative talent that continues to define architecture, art and design in America.

How is creative talent supported today? Are there great advocates? Who are they?

Join the discussion!  Alan Webber, Author and Co-Founding Editor of Fast Company Magazine, kicked-off the conversation with some great comments — read his response and add your thoughts at!

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Sold Out! Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger hosts Conversations in Context at the Glass House 9/8

Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger

Upcoming: Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger hosts Conversations in Context on September 8.  This program is sold out, but watch for the film of the program on our website, or view films from past events at philipjohnsonglasshouse.orgPrior to the event Goldberger will sign books at the Glass House Design Store , which is open to the public.

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Architecture Critic Paul Goldberger Hosts Conversations in Context at the Glass House, September 8

Paul Goldberger Hosts Conversations in Context

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Quote: Philip Johnson

Photo of The Philip Johnson Glass House by James Welling, courtesy of the artist.

Photo of The Philip Johnson Glass House by James Welling, courtesy of the artist.


“The beauty [of architecture] consists in how you move into the space.” – Philip Johnson

From Why Architecture Matters, By Paul Goldberger, 2009.

Join this week’s Glass House Conversation where this quote and other concepts related to architectural photography are part of an online discussion led by photographer James Welling.


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Glass House Conversations Moderator Philip Nobel to Co-Host Conversations in Context Event, September 2011:

Interior of the Philip Johnson Glass House.

On September 22nd, 2011 Philip Nobel, (who is leading this week’s Glass House Conversation) will co-host one of The Glass House’s new programs, Conversations in Context, which brings together leading minds in the fields of architecture, art, design, history, landscape and preservation as hosts of special curated tours at The Glass House. Nobel will be hosting a tour with architect Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects. Read the rest of this entry »

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2011 Philip Johnson Glass House Tours – Tickets Announced!

Philip Johnson Glass House © Harf Zimmermann

Philip Johnson Glass House © Harf Zimmermann

Start Your Engines, Johnson Fans!” Tickets go on sale Tuesday February 15th at 9am at

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